H: 6' 2"|
W: 200 lbs
(40 Years Old)
|Agent: Andy Miller |
High School: Verbum Dei
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Drafted: Pick 8 in 1999 by Cavaliers
Overview: A veteran point guard who is one of the League’s better assistmen despite his lack of elite athleticism. Solid size for a point guard, but has struggled with weight problems at various points in his career. Strength helps him get in the lane. Has a deceptive first step, but isn’t very fast or vertically explosive. Makes a living as a distributor. Can score, but is known as one of the League’s top assist men. Was one of the top players in college basketball as a senior at Utah in 1999. Won the WAC Player of the Year Award during that season. Can be a major asset on a team with talented or developing perimeter scorers. Has clearly augmented the development of Andre Iguodala, which is all Philadelphia could have asked him for.
Offense: A talented offensive point guard who makes a living as a distributor. Gets most of his offense by turning the corner on the pick and roll and pushing the ball in transition. One of the best distributors the game has to offer. Will set his teammates up at an impressive rate. Not a super creative passer, but a very smart one. Very good ball handler. Displays a quick crossover that helps him compensate for his lack of footspeed. Possesses a consistent jumper, but doesn’t have three point range. Will knock down midrange jumpers at a solid rate. Does the vast majority of his damage off the dribble. Can pull up over most point guards due to his size. Very good touch from the midrange in. Does a good job getting to the rim despite his lack of speed. Finishes at the rim at a good clip despite the fact that he isn’t very explosive. Great touch on almost every shot he takes from the free throw line in. Solid foul shooter. Very effective post game since he has a size advantage over most point guards. Will turn over his left shoulder and get the ball up on the rim. Deals very well with physical contact. Strong with the basketball. Will score when he has to, but would rather act as a facilitator.
Defense: A solid defender who has the awareness to make some plays. Does a good job defending the ball despite lacking ideal quickness. Will get beaten off the dribble from time to time. Has the size and strength to deny shots and body his man to prevent penetration. Rebounds the ball at a good rate for his position. Uses his size advantage to contest shots. Plays with good intensity and gets in a good stance. Sets a good example for the younger players on Philadelphia’s roster.